Artist Advisory Group Members

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Dance Base Scotland is recruiting an Artist Advisory Group

As part of our ongoing commitment to bringing more voices into our strategy setting and decision-making processes, and to establish a collaborative conversation with the dance community we serve, Dance Base Scotland are recruiting twelve dance/movement artists to join the 2021/22 Artist Advisory Group. 

We are committed to opening doors and ensuring that we represent the diversity of the Scottish Dance Community. If you are reading this and wondering if this opportunity is open to you then please do continue and consider applying. We are here to support you in your application and welcome any questions you may have 



Initially established as a pilot project in October 2020, the Artist Advisory Group gathered a group of Scotland based dance artists to work with us to ensure that our strategy and programme continued to reflect the needs of dance artists across Scotland, and that the voices of dance artists were more clearly part of the decision-making process. This proved to be welcome and valuable, enabling us to hear honest reflections on what works well and what might be improved. 

We are committed to embedding transparency in our future strategy and, in response to the success of the pilot, we are now recruiting a new group of twelve individuals to work with us from May 2021 to the end of March 2022. 

This is a paid opportunity for those working in dance in Scotland to support us to serve the country's dance sector more effectively. It also provides a unique professional development experience and insight into the day to day working of curation, budget management and the subtleties of often complex decision making 

The Group will reflect the diversity of dance Scotland, with particular focus on protected characteristics. 


Group Purpose: 

  • Advise us on the organisation’s overall strategy, providing reflections on past and current projects and responding to new proposals. This is likely to include aspects of our professional, public and health & wellbeing strands. 
  • Support effective decision making on the allocation of opportunities such as residencies and commissions. Please note that the members will not be able to take part in the discussion process for a specific opportunity if they have applied for it independently (you will not be disqualified from applying to any opportunity for being a member of the group). 
  • Promote opportunities generated by Dance Base to their wider communities and networks where appropriate. 


Membership Criteria:  

This opportunity if for artists who see their work as based in movement, physical or choreographic practices. Applicants should be:
  • Currently or recently active in the professional dance/performance sector in Scotland.
  • Currently be predominantly based in Scotland.
  • Currently or recently active in the professional dance sector in Scotland. 
  • Currently be predominantly based in Scotland.  
  • Aware of the wider ecology of dance and the arts in Scotland and internationally. 
  • Familiar with the Dance Base professional programme. 


Commitment Required: 

  • Approximately four days / 32 hours of work between May 2021 and March 2022, including preparing for and attending digital / in person meetings to discuss strategy and the allocation of opportunities. We anticipate that this will include attendance at a quarterly group meeting (dates of which will be confirmed in advance) and a series of smaller conversations and panel discussions throughout the year. 
  • Engagement with a digital conversation platform (such as Teams or Slack) to keep in conversation with the Dance Base team and join in an active two-way conversation between meetings. 
  • Attend an online welcome session on Thursday 13th May, 14:00 – 16:00 (this will be part of your allocated hours). 



  • £130 per day. This will predominantly be a mixture of full and half days (e.g. 4 hours) and will cover preparation time for meetings and meeting attendance.
  • Dance Base will provide additional support to accommodate any access requirements that members of the group may have.


How to Apply: 

To apply for this opportunity please submit the following items to Kirsty Somerville, Programme Manager, at 

  • An expression of interest detailing why you would like to be part of the Advisory Group. This should be either in a written format of no more than 300 words, or a video/audio recording of no more than 2 minutes. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions and spelling and grammar will not form part of the consideration of written applications. 
  • A link to more information about your practice - this could be a CV, personal statement or a link to your website.   
  • A completed Equality Diversity, and Inclusion monitoring form, if you feel comfortable to do so. Please note that this demographic information will only be used once the initial decision has been made to ensure that the chosen group includes a diverse array of voices and that artists with protected characteristics are fully represented. Any information shared will be strictly confidential and will only be read by the Programmes Manager and members of the decision-making panel. 


Deadline: 11.00, Monday 26 April 2021 

Applicants informed of decision: Week of 3 May 2021 

Welcome Session: Thursday 13 May 2021 


Members of the current Artist Advisory Group are welcome to apply for a second term. To ensure that opportunities are open to the largest number of people, engagement with the group is capped at two terms after which members would need to wait for one term before reapplying. Returning members will make up a maximum of 50% of the Artist Advisory Group each term. 

As part of our on-going relationship, the graduating Associate Artists have been invited to join the Artist Advisory Group if they wish. The Associate Artists have a deep understanding of the organisation and its history which we feel will be very valuable to the conversations moving forward. 


How We Are Selecting: 

The expressions of interest will be read by the Artistic Director Morag Deyes, Centre Director Isabel Moura Mendes and another member of the Dance Base team (not from the professional programme team). 

The decision of who the positions are allocated to will be based on the four membership criteria as well as a commitment to ensuring that the group reflects the diversity of dance and dancers in Scotland, with specific attention to the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The decision will also be based on ensuring that geographic location, dance style and experience level are also fully represented.  


Should you wish to have a conversation about the application process, require this information in an alternative format, or have access requirements we need to meet to support you in making an application please contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager at Dance Base on 


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